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Arrested student allegedly shot at bathroom mirror during Belleville West night class

In this BND file photo from Jan. 8, 2018, a Belleville police patrol car is parked outside Belleville West High School.
In this BND file photo from Jan. 8, 2018, a Belleville police patrol car is parked outside Belleville West High School. drieck@bnd.com

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after bringing a gun to Belleville West’s night school Tuesday and shooting at a bathroom mirror, police and district officials said.

“I just feel very fortunate,” Jeff Dosier, superintendent of Belleville District 201, said. “This could have been our worst nightmare because a weapon was involved.”

Belleville police arrested the 20-year-old man, who was a student at the night school, Tuesday. He was taken into custody without incident. His name has not yet been released.

A Facebook post by the Belleville Police Department on Wednesday stated that no one was threatened or injured during the shooting.

Dosier said “there was never a threat to any students” and that officers had been in the south end of the building for a sporting event; night school classes are held in the north end of the building.

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Posted by Belleville Township High School District 201 on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Master Sgt. Todd Keilbach with Belleville police said the department expects to turn the case over to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. The man will remain in police custody until the state’s attorney has completed the review, Keilbach said.

“The student was taken into custody last night from the campus and will not be returning for the foreseeable future,” Dosier said.

He said that type of violation “could result in expulsion.”

The night school is mostly made up of students in their late teens pursuing their high school diplomas who, for whatever reason, did not thrive in the typical academic environment, Dosier said.

“A lot of students are there for credit recovery. They have some situation that has caused them to need to go to night school, whether that’s family or a need to get a job during the day,” he said.

To Dosier’s knowledge, the arrested student had not had any previous disciplinary issues at the school.

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